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== County Information ==
 
== County Information ==
  
 
=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
The County is situated in southwest New Mexico and the County seat is Deming.  Luna County was formed March 16, 1901.<ref>http://www.lunacountynm.us/visitors-guide-information/ accessed 09/29/2016</ref>
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The County is situated in southwest New Mexico.<ref>http://www.lunacountynm.us/visitors-guide-information/ accessed 09/29/2016</ref>
  
 
=== County Courthouse ===
 
=== County Courthouse ===
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/NM_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm New Mexico Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
 
*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/NM_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm New Mexico Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
 
For animated maps illustrating New Mexico County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/newmexico/ "Rotating Formation New Mexico County Boundary Maps"] (1845-1981) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
 
For animated maps illustrating New Mexico County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/newmexico/ "Rotating Formation New Mexico County Boundary Maps"] (1845-1981) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
 
 
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=== Populated Places ===
 
=== Populated Places ===
{{NM Populated Places Intro|Luna}}
 
The following are locations in Luna County, New Mexico:<ref> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_County,_New_Mexico#Communities </ref>
 
  
'''''City'''''<br>
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://newmexico.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,029,c,luna.cfm HomeTown Locator]
* Deming (county seat)
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Luna County, New Mexico," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'',https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_County,_New_Mexico, accessed 5 February 2019.</ref>
  
'''''Village'''''<br>
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* Columbus
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deming,_New_Mexico Deming (county seat)]</div>
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* City of the Sun
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* Keeler Farm
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbus,_New_Mexico Columbus]</div>
* La Hacienda
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* Mountain View
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* Pecan Park
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_the_Sun,_New_Mexico City of the Sun]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keeler_Farm,_New_Mexico Keeler Farm]
* Sunshine
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Hacienda,_New_Mexico La Hacienda]</div>
* Ventura
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_View,_Luna_County,_New_Mexico Mountain View]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pecan_Park,_New_Mexico Pecan Park]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine,_New_Mexico Sunshine]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ventura,_New_Mexico Ventura]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gage,_New_Mexico Gage]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutt,_New_Mexico Nutt]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ojo_de_Vaca_Station Ojo de Vaca Station]</div>
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'''''Ghost towns'''''<br>
 
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* Gage
 
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* Ojo de Vaca Station
 
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=== History Timeline ===
 
=== History Timeline ===
 
{{NM Historical Timeline Intro|Luna}}
 
{{NM Historical Timeline Intro|Luna}}
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
 
* [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
 
* [http://luna.nmgenweb.us/cemeteries/ NMGenWeb]
 
* [http://luna.nmgenweb.us/cemeteries/ NMGenWeb]
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* [http://www.uscemeteryproj2.com/newmexico/luna/luna.htm NM Cemetery Project]
 
* [http://www.uscemeteryproj2.com/newmexico/luna/luna.htm NM Cemetery Project]
 
* [http://www.interment.net/us/nm NM Interment]
 
* [http://www.interment.net/us/nm NM Interment]
* [https://billiongraves.com/search#
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search# BillionGraves]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
 
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* {{FHL|477490|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
 
* {{FHL|477490|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
 
*[https://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Luna%2C+New+Mexico+cemeteries+ WorldCat]
 
*[https://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Luna%2C+New+Mexico+cemeteries+ WorldCat]
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{{NM Church Intro|Luna}}
 
{{NM Church Intro|Luna}}
  
LDS Ward and Branch Records
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Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  
 
*Columbus
 
*Columbus
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=395925&reqParentsLabel=Luna%2C%20New%20Mexico%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]'''
  
 
=== Court Records ===
 
=== Court Records ===
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==== World War II ====
 
==== World War II ====
 
{{NM World War II Intro|Luna}}
 
{{NM World War II Intro|Luna}}
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*'''1940 - 1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2548056|New Mexico, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1941 - 1945''' - [https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/navy-casualties/new-mexico.html World War II Records], 1941-1945 State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel from: New Mexico
 
*'''1941 - 1945''' - [https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/navy-casualties/new-mexico.html World War II Records], 1941-1945 State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel from: New Mexico
 
*'''1941 - 1945''' - [https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/new-mexico.html World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from: New Mexico]
 
*'''1941 - 1945''' - [https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/new-mexico.html World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from: New Mexico]
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 
{{NM Naturalization Intro|Luna}}
 
{{NM Naturalization Intro|Luna}}
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*'''1882-1983''' - {{RecordSearch|2187007|New Mexico Naturalization Records, 1882-1983}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
=== Newspapers ===
 
=== Newspapers ===
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==== Birth ====
 
==== Birth ====
{{NM Vital Records - Birth Intro|Luna}}
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{{NM Birth Intro|Luna}}
  
 
*'''1726 – 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1680839|New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 
*'''1726 – 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1680839|New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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==== Death ====
 
==== Death ====
{{NM Vital Records - Death Intro|Luna}}
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{{NM Death Intro|Luna}}
  
 
*'''1788 – 1798; 1838 – 1955''' {{RecordSearch|1680843|New Mexico Deaths and Burials, 1788-1798; 1838-1955}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 
*'''1788 – 1798; 1838 – 1955''' {{RecordSearch|1680843|New Mexico Deaths and Burials, 1788-1798; 1838-1955}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 
*'''1889 - 1945''' {{RecordSearch|1546466|New Mexico Deaths, 1889-1945}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 
*'''1889 - 1945''' {{RecordSearch|1546466|New Mexico Deaths, 1889-1945}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 
==== Divorce ====
 
==== Divorce ====
{{NM Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Luna}}
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{{NM Divorce Intro|Luna}}
  
 
== Research Facilities ==
 
== Research Facilities ==

Revision as of 12:57, 31 May 2020

Guide to Luna County, New Mexico ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Deming
Organized: 16 March, 1901
Parent County(s): Doña Ana, Grant[1]
Neighboring Counties
Dona Ana  • Grant  • Hidalgo  • Sierra  • Chihuahua, Mexico
See County Maps
Courthouse
NewMexicoLunaCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Nm-luna.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County is situated in southwest New Mexico.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Luna County Courthouse
P.O. Box 1838
Deming, NM 88031-1838
Phone: 505.546.0491
Luna County Website

County Clerk has marriage, death, land, probate and military records from 1901, Deming newspapers from 1901.[1]

Luna County, New Mexico Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1907 1901 1901 #6 1901 19019 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1907. General compliance by 1930.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Up until 1821New Spain controlled land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an archives in Seville, Spain, or to archives in Mexico City.
  • From 1821 until 1846Mexico had jurisdiction over the land that later would become New Mexico and Arizona. Some records of this period may have been sent to archives in Mexico City. Starting in 1846 United States forces occupied New Mexico during the Mexican-American War.
  • 1848 -  Land that became the northern quarter of Luna County formally became a part of the United States when the Mexican-American War ended with ratification of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
  • 1855 -  The Gadsden Purchase of Mexican land was added to Doña Ana County, New Mexico, part of which later became the southern part of Luna County.
  • 1901--Luna County was created 16 March 1901 from Doña Ana and Grant counties.[1]
  • County seat: Deming[1]
  • Interactive Formation Boundary Map of New Mexico - shows boundary changes for New Mexico Counties
  • New Mexico Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library

For animated maps illustrating New Mexico County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation New Mexico County Boundary Maps" (1845-1981) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.




Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Cities
Villages
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Luna County, New Mexico online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See New Mexico Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 3,913
1920 12,270 213.6%
1930 6,247 −49.1%
1940 6,457 3.4%
1950 8,753 35.6%
1960 9,839 12.4%
1970 11,706 19.0%
1980 15,585 33.1%
1990 18,110 16.2%
2000 25,016 38.1%
2010 25,095 0.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Federal Census Records
Federal Censuses were taken for New Mexico starting in 1850. For links to Federal census indexes, see New Mexico Census.

State Census Records

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about New Mexico denominations, view the New Mexico Church Records wiki page.

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Columbus

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See New Mexico Land and Property for additional information about early New Mexico land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.



Online Land Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Luna County, New Mexico Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section New Mexico Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Luna CountyGrant CountySierra CountyDona Ana CountyHidalgo CountyMexicoNM LUNA.jpg
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]


Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Since statehood in 1912, probate matters have been under the jurisdiction of probate courts in each county. Records of guardianship and adoption have usually been transferred to the district courts. In 1953 the district courts were given concurrent jurisdiction with the probate court over all probate matters in each county.

See the wiki page New Mexico Probate Records for information about how to find earlier probate records.

The Family History Library does not have copies of the New Mexico county probate records. They are available at each county courthouse. You can obtain copies by contacting the county clerk.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, and adoption.

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

New Mexico tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the Wiki page New Mexico Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the Wiki page, New Mexico Vital Records, for additional information about the vital records in New Mexico.

Marriage records - are at the County Clerk's office

Divorce records - are at the office of the County Clerk of Court

Birth and death records - are at the New Mexico Vital Records and Health Statistics Office which has records since 1920 and delayed records since 1880.

See also How to order New Mexico Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for New Mexico Birth Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Mexico.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. http://www.lunacountynm.us/visitors-guide-information/ accessed 09/29/2016
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Luna County, New Mexico. Page 474 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 470.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Luna County, New Mexico," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_County,_New_Mexico, accessed 5 February 2019.